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‘Queen of Glory’ Review: A Winning Indie About Immigrant Identity

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Nick Schager Film CriticA Columbia U. doctoral student grapples with cultural expectations, demands and pressures while carving out her own path in “Queen of Glory,” writer-director-star Nana Mensah’s inviting and understated indie about immigrant identity anxieties.

With a lived-in feel for the Bronx community in which her story takes place, the filmmaker generates endearing pathos from a story whose familiarity is offset by its humor and authenticity.

Its small scale will likely constrain its box-office fortunes, but it’s precisely the type of under-the-radar gem that festivals such as Tribeca (where it debuts) were made to spotlight.Though thriving in the Ivy League, Sarah (Mensah) intends to relocate to Ohio to be with her.

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